Countess Vaughn gets real with her fans as she revealed that she had an abortion as a teenager. According to her, she did it to save her career.
In a world where people are trying to hide their truth from the rest of the world, Countess Vaughn has done the opposite and remained true to herself.
In a bombshell confession to US Weekly, the "Moesha" star disclosed that she had an abortion as a teenager.
The shocking revelation was made during a therapy session on TV One's "Hollywood Divas."
Vaughn explained that it happened when she was 18. At the time, she had snagged her prominent role as Kimberly on "The Parkers," and wasn't sure how her career would pan out if she kept the child.
"I had an unwanted pregnancy. I had just started my TV show. I knew that in black Hollywood a girl having a baby, they'd get rid of you. I had to do something about it. I had to make a decision to get rid of a child for my career."
Countess said to the therapist that she knew if she told any of her producers what was going on, they would cancel her show. So, she had to keep the procedure a secret.
The secret of her abortion weighed heavy on her heart, but Vaughn is glad she can let it out. She said:
"I really needed it to release all that I've been carrying all this time. I've beat myself up for so long about it, and I just felt like, 'You know what girl, you've got to tell somebody.'"
The "227" star continued:
"Even though the world will know, hey, that's just me. I like to keep it real at all times. While it was being shot, I really didn't notice the cameras being there. I was really there for help."
The 41-year-old admitted that things are quite different in Hollywood now as there were no shows like "16 and Pregnant" that showed that women could be mothers and successful at the same time.
All that is behind Countess as she is now a proud mother to her two kids.
Her abortion hasn't been the only thing that Countess has been open about. As reported by Madamenoire, the actress divulged that she has vitiligo.
In 2018, she shared a video of herself and her daughter bonding over Snapchat filters, and evident patches of discoloration can be seen on her face.
The caption of the post further confirms the condition. The mother-of-two wrote:
"Loving me, regardless of my skin situation."
When asked what the situation was, Countess explained in a follow-up post that has now been deleted that she has vitiligo. Nevertheless, it didn't stop Countess from showing off her beauty to the world.
Countess openness about her abortion and skin condition is nothing short of brave!